Five people were shot and killed in Washington, D.C., in a 24-hour period, which brought the shooting death total to 13 in the past week as crime continues to surge in the nation’s capital amid a severe police staffing crisis.

Maxwell Emerson, 25, was shot and killed on the campus of Catholic University Wednesday following an argument. It represented the fifth shooting death in the city in the 24-hour period between Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the police department’s website.

Over the past week, Washington, D.C., experienced 13 homicides, and police crime data showed that 125 people have been shot and killed this year, a 17% increase from last year.

The data showed that violent crime and property crime are both up 30%.

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A Washington, D.C., police car. (Getty Images)

The crime spike comes as the city continues to deal with a police staffing crisis, where the number of officers on the force recently fell to its lowest number in 50 years.

“We have too many guns and too many violent people on the street, and we all need to do everything possible to prevent people who have guns from using them in our city,” Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser said during a Wednesday press conference.

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